I am no expert when it comes to doodling, but I LOVE gawking at the doodle decorations I see on Instagram. As a kid, I would watch Nickelodeon’s Nicktoons and draw all of the characters. Looking back, I have no idea of the quality of these pictures, but I remember liking them! And that’s all that really matters, right??
As with anything, getting better at doodling takes practice, practice, practice!! There are several spots online where you can find step-by-step tutorials on how to doodle certain things. I follow a few accounts on Instagram that offer step-by-step tutorials every once in a while on their feed, and they make the process look so easy!
I told you I was no expert at doodling, but when I’m wanting to draw something specific, I will google “SPECIFIC WORD doodle” and check out the Google image results. They have SO many here, and these drawings look pretty manageable. Now, if you’re wanting to cheat, you can enlarge the photo on your phone, place it under your page, and roughly outline it. Or you can just look it, and draw it line-by-line with a pencil, then once you’re happy with it – trace it!
Below is what I doodled on a music page in my journal with the Googled doodle images beside it.
How-To Doodle Accounts
Liz at @bonjournal_ is your new favorite go-to for “how-to draw” Instagram posts. She shares simple, step-by-step tutorials pretty often and focuses mainly on floral illustrations! She doesn’t rely on color to make her work stand, out – she simply uses a pen and a notebook, and the results are outstanding! Plus – she just started a YouTube channel, so check it out here!
Jennifer (@inkbyjeng) is one of my first journal Insta-friends, and I am constantly impressed by her art (and her full line of journal products). Her journal style is minimal, yet functional, but she’s a fabulous artist too! I love this lemon wedge tutorial she shared back in January! She has several like this throughout her feed, so give her a look! She is a must-follow for those looking for clean artistic journal art.
Cristina (@my.life.in.a.bullet) is insanely impressive – and while she doesn’t specialize in “how-to” posts too often, maybe we can beg her to add a few more. 😉 Her Instagram feed is flawless with gorgeous journal pictures, and she’s started a YouTube channel that has skyrocketed in popularity because of her amazing Plan with Me videos! She makes it look so easy!
If you haven’t checked out AmandaRachLee’s feed yet, you’re bound to find a TON of inspiration on both doodling AND journaling. She shares how-to posts every once in a while on her Instagram (@amandarachdoodles), but has an AWESOME YouTube channel that will help you in ALL of your creative journeys. She also has a ton of bullet journal set up videos – you could spend hours watching!
Join a Doodle Challenge!
If you’re wanting challenge yourself with doodling – check out some daily doodling Instagram challenges. They’re usually themed for each month and have a particular hashtag related on Instagram so you can see others’ progress. Here are some fun accounts to follow if you wanna get in on some doodle challenges:
Learn to Doodle Book Recommendations
If you’re really wanting to up your doodling game, check these books out. I was lucky enough to receive them from the artists, and they all include step by step how-to’s to help you from start to finish. Once you get the hang of it, and with enough practice, you won’t need tutorials anymore!
FYI, the above links are Amazon affiliate links, so if you purchase anything, I get a tiny commission — but I put it all back into my giveaways! 💕
I hope you found some sort of inspiration to help you up your doodling game! I also just ran across a whole online class on Doodling from Tara at Rad & Happy – if you’re serious about improving your doodling, a class is a great way to learn it all in one go. I am LOVING online classes now-a-days.. I can learn ANYTHING right from my home. 🤓
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know if you found any inspiration here, or have any brilliant doodle accounts to add to this list. I know I’m missing out on a ton, but it just may be that I haven’t discovered yet. I love hearing your feedback, so say hello in the comments. ♥️